They say failure is the stepping stone to success, but what if you can’t see beyond that one time you failed? Relax! We bring to you some Ted Talks that will definitely help you get your confidence and morale back. Take a look.
1. Trial, error and the God complex: Tim Harford
Economics writer Tim Harford studies complex systems — and finds a surprising link among the successful ones: they were built through trial and error. In this sparkling talk from TEDGlobal 2011, he asks us to embrace our randomness and start making better mistakes.
Tim Harford’s writings reveal the economic ideas behind everyday experiences.
2. The unexpected benefit of celebrating failure: Astro Teller
As “Captain of Moonshots” for X, Astro Teller oversees the secret projects that could reshape our lives in coming decades.
3. Success, failure and the drive to keep creating: Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert was once an “unpublished diner waitress,” devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple — though hard — way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.
The author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ Elizabeth Gilbert has thought long and hard about some big topics. Her fascinations: genius, creativity and how we get in our own way when it comes to both
4. Don’t regret regret: Kathryn Schulz
Kathryn Schulz is a staff writer for the New Yorker and is the author of “Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error.”
5. Embrace the near win: Sarah Lewis
At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward?
Art historian and critic Sarah Lewis celebrates creativity and shows how it can lead us through fear and failure to ultimate success.
6. Why you will fail to have a great career: Larry Smith
In this funny and blunt talk, Larry Smith pulls no punches when he calls out the absurd excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions.
A professor of economics at the University of Waterloo in Canada, Larry Smith coaches his students to find the careers that they will truly love.
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